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President Obama Declares March 31st César Chávez Day

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Written by Valerie Jarrett

President Barack Obama, surrounded by the family of Cesar Chavez and leaders of the United Farm Workers that Chavez co-founded, signs a proclamation in the Oval Office designating March 31, 2010, which would have been his 83rd birthday, as Cesar Chavez Day. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Today, I joined President Obama in welcoming the family of César E. Chávez to the White House. On what would have been his 83rd birthday, the President honored his family and his life’s work by proclaiming March 31, 2010 “César Chávez Day.”

Chavez was raised in a family of migrant farm workers. In his youth and later in life, he led the charge for fair wages and safer working conditions after witnessing the abuses suffered by workers simply trying to earn a living. At the time, farm workers were deeply impoverished and often exploited by employers. Rarely did they have access to safe drinking water or basic necessities like bathrooms, and they were routinely exposed to the harsh chemicals used to treat crops and fields.

César E. Chávez

Chavez could not sit idly by while such abuses occurred. He became an organizer, a leader and a voice for justice, bringing farm workers together to demand change through boycotts, strikes and other nonviolent demonstrations. He established the United Farm Workers of America (UFW), which continues to champion his cause to this day. In fact, several of his family members continue to lead the UFW today.

The legacy of Cesar Chavez is one that is alive and well, even within the walls of the White House. Like Chavez, President Obama is also committed to giving communities the tools they need to grow stronger, more sustainable and more prosperous. The President knows that lasting change does not come from the top down, but rather, it comes from the bottom up, and he has encouraged all Americans to answer the call to public service—whether that means tutoring a child, creating a community garden, or helping needy residents to access necessary health care.

Valerie Jarrett is the Senior Advisor to the President

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Photo of the Day: Jacaranda

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Photo of the Day: Tuscan Sunrise

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Nancy Pelosi Hosts Women’s History Month Celebration In Honor Of Hillary Clinton

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (L) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)(R) participate in Women's History Month Celebration at the US Capitol on March 25, 2010 in Washington DC. The event was held to honor Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during Women's History Month Celebration. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images North America)

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s full remarks

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Photo of the Day: Musée d’Orsay

The Musée d’Orsay (in English: The Orsay Museum) is a museum in Paris, France, on the left bank of the Seine, housed in the former Orsay railway station. It holds mainly French art dating from 1848 to 1914, including paintings, sculptures, furniture, and photography, and is probably best known for its extensive collection of impressionist masterpieces by popular painters such as Monet and Renoir. Many of these works were held at the Galerie nationale du Jeu de Paume previous to the museum’s opening in 1986.

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Photo of the Day: Growing Flowers

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Photo of the Day: Rocks National Lakeshore

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